Founder-editor, The Wire (thewire.in)
THE PHENOMENON OF FAKE NEWS HAS BECOME A TALKING POINT ONLY BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGY that allows it to spread — through social media, etc. — and allows people to create content that sounds and looks like news but actually isn’t. So it’s technology that has changed the name of the game… it’s not like this (fake news) wasn’t a problem in print or TV journalism.
It also spreads because of the confirmation biases of people; people post news without bothering to check the name of the website, if the story is one that serves to confirm their beliefs and ideologies. So this is another reason why it has become such a nuisance.
Fake news is a menace. There’s no doubt about it.